10 Deer Confirmed As Chronic Wasting Disease Positive; 3 Additional Deer Test As Preliminary Positive

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Ten deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties have been confirmed as positive with chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer preliminarily tested positive late last week.

In addition, three more deer have tested preliminarily positive this week from the same counties.

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission is having a special called meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20 specifically to discuss and consider regulatory changes in Hardeman and Fayette counties as a result of CWD being confirmed there.

The TWRA enacted its CWD Response Plan last week following the first preliminary positive detection of CWD. The response plan involves a coordinated effort between TWRA, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and other partners.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. in the main conference room of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency headquarters building located in the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.


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